Today his father and brother have come back from Mahiliou penal colony №13 after a one-day visit.
The political prisoner told Aliaksandr and Vital Kavalenka that he had sent the letter containing the only line that reads “I ask you to release me”. He did not admit his guilt.
According to Aliaksandr Kavalenka, there is harmful effect of hunger-striking: his son still suffers from headaches and has complaints of the liver. However, the head of colony medical unit refused to take medicines brought by Kavalenka’s relatives alleging as his reason that the prisoner has everything he needs.Aiaksandr Kavalenka is sure that the official treats Kavalenka ill. “For example, he boosts my son’s weight characteristics to prevent him from receiving dietic food,” Aliaksandr Kavalenka said.
In May 2010 Siarhei Kavalenka received three-year suspended sentence for hanging out a white-red-white flag on the 40-meter New Year Tree in the center of Vitsebsk. This action was defined as «major violation of public order».On December 19, 2011 Kavalenka was arrested in connection with criminal proceedings under Art. 415 of the Criminal Code (evasion of liberty restraint service). On December 20, 2012 Siarhei Kavalenka started hunger-striking in protest.
On February 24, 2012 the Pershamayski district court in Vitsebsk chaired by judge Alena Zhuk sentenced the oppositionist to two years and one month in a low security correctional institution on a charge of violating probation rules.
The court started the consideration of case upon Kavalenka’s cassational appeal on April 10, 2012. Then a panel of Vitsebsk regional court ordered that Siarhei Kavalenka should be subjected to comprehensive mental examination in hospital environment and the oppositionist was moved to Navinki psychiatric hospital in Minsk district.
On April 13, 2012 Siarhei Kavalenka quit hunger-striking. According to his wife, the political prisoner made this step not to be found insane. But Kavalenka resumed it on May 8, 2012: he reiterated his protest against the unrighteous sentence and demands the release of all the political prisoners as well as using the national white-red-white flag and Pahonya emblem.
On May, 2012 Kavalenka was moved to Mahiliou penal colony №19.
Kavalenka’s only crime was planting a banned Belarus national white-red-white flag on top of a Christmas tree in Vitebsk. The political prisoner’s condition is life threatening: last week he was diagnosed with hepatosis. Hunger strike, on which Kavalenka had been for a few months, led to irreversible changes in his body, but Belarusian authorities refuse to provide independent and specialist medical care.